7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights


La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Ecotermales Fortuna make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation builder tool.

Los Angeles, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 25th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.